By Kay Heath

ISBN-10: 079147657X

ISBN-13: 9780791476574

ISBN-10: 0791476588

ISBN-13: 9780791476581

Uncovers the origins of midlife nervousness in Victorian print culture.

Aging via the booklet bargains an leading edge examine the ways that center age, which for hundreds of years were thought of the best of lifestyles, was once reworked through the Victorian period right into a interval of decline. unmarried ladies have been nearing center age at thirty, and moms of their forties have been anticipated to turn into sexless; in the meantime, fortyish males anguished over even if their “time for romance had long gone by.” famous novels of the interval, in addition to ads, cartoons, and clinical and suggestion manuals, Kay Heath uncovers how this ideology of decline permeated a altering tradition. getting older by means of the e-book unmasks and confronts midlife nervousness via analyzing its origins, demonstrating that our present damaging perspective towards midlife springs from Victorian roots, and arguing that in simple terms once we comprehend the culturally built nature of age will we reveal its ubiquitous and stealthy influence.

“Heath adopts a worldly method of the cultural building of midlife … Her attention of the subjective facets of getting old provides to our realizing of midlife.” — Victorian Studies

“…Aging by way of the booklet … makes a persuasive case that it used to be the Victorian age that solidified glossy understandings of what it potential to be middle-aged … Heath, in a booklet that's divided among cautious and thorough cultural historical past and literary readings, and that may most likely turn out invaluable and thought-provoking to a variety of Victorianists, units out to teach why and the way the no-longer-excluded center among early life and senior prestige comes about.” — Nineteenth-Century Literature

“…this cultural background of midlife’s invention additionally bargains a brand new method of nineteenth-century fiction: a literary historical past of getting older heroes and heroines.” — stories within the Novel

“By exploring the origins of a ‘midlife decline ideology,’ getting older through the ebook demanding situations readers to imagine extra severely in regards to the strength of ageism within the current, making it a major learn not just for Victorian students yet for a person attracted to age studies.” — magazine of British Studies

“Heath does point out, in her shut and refined examining of the texts she has selected, that questions of age, love, and wish have been complicated and fluctuating, and that there has been a level of suppleness inside convinced limits of age and status.” — Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies

“…Heath’s therapy of the wedding plot increases fascinating questions about age and Victorian realism.” — CHOICE

“From the intelligent situating of heart age because the liminal instead of principal degree among formative years and age to insightful rereadings of the wedding plot on the subject of narratives of decline, Kay Heath’s getting older by way of the e-book is an important contribution to either age stories and Victorian studies.” — Teresa Mangum, writer of Married, Middlebrow, and Militant: Sarah Grand and the hot girl Novel

Kay Heath is affiliate Professor of English at Virginia nation University.

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